5G And COVID-19: The Technology, Conspiracy And Ignorance
Nigeria's Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

Abasifreke Effiong

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has said that the National Frequency Management Council has not release bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G network in Nigeria.

In a statement on Saturday, Pantami, says the federal government has noted the concerns raised by Nigerians about the fifth generation network.

Nigerians including top government critic, Femi Fani Kayode; Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, founder of Christ Embassy Ministries worldwide, have expressed fear about a possible conspiracy by Chinese to use the 5G network to control world power.

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Pantami said Nigerian government commenced a three month review of the 5G network to access its health and security implications on the country.

He assured that the Buhari’s administration places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians, hence, the desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of her citizens.

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The statement by the Communication minister reads.

“The attention of my office has been drawn to the public concern about the health implications of the deployment of Fifth Generation Mobile Networks (5G) in Nigeria.”

“The National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), of which I am the Chairman, has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G.”

“No license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country.”

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“A 3-month study trial commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.”

“As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial.

“The trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing.”